What Are Scholarships?
Scholarships are financial awards that can be used to pay for tuition, housing, books and other costs related to college. Merit-based scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, community involvement and other achievements. Need-based scholarships are awarded based on financial need and require completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
College scholarships are awarded by the federal government, state agencies, universities, private organizations and other donors. The donor or department funding the scholarship typically sets the criteria for how it’s awarded.
Explore Scholarship Opportunities at UAF
UAF’s Scholarship Application System is an online database of more than 400 scholarships. Once you sign in and submit your General Application, you’ll be automatically matched with all the scholarship opportunities that you qualify for. You can also search for scholarships by college or academic department.
Admissions offers four merit-based scholarships — Nanook Gold, Chancellor's, Cornerstone Gold, and Cornerstone — to first-year students upon acceptance to UAF. Other scholarships reserved for first-year students include Human Achievement, Academic Achievement and Ad Summum scholarships. For transfer students, we also have the Pioneer scholarship.Learn more about admissions scholarships
Alaska Performance Scholarship
The Alaska Performance Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship available to Alaska
high school students. In addition to maintaining good academic standing, this scholarship
will require you to submit the FAFSA each year before June 30.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship
The WUE scholarship is available to all undergraduate students who reside in the western region and are pursuing a degree at UAF. The scholarship is applied toward your tuition and is worth up to $13,500 per year.Learn more about the WUE scholarship
UA Scholar Award
The UA Scholar Award is a $12,000 scholarship awarded to students designated in the top ten percent of their Alaska high school class at the end of the junior year. This scholarship may be used toward the cost of attendance any of University of Alaska campus.Learn more about the UA Scholar Award
How To Apply for Scholarships
- Log in to our Scholarship Application System with your UA username and password.
- Complete the General Application and any supplemental applications presented. You’ll
be automatically matched with scholarship opportunities for which you meet the criteria.
The system also provides additional recommended scholarships that may be available
- If you are awarded a scholarship you will receive an award email to your UA email address. You can also check on the status of your application by logging back into the system at any time.
The deadline to apply for most UAF scholarships is February 15 for the following academic year. However, application deadlines for many private and external scholarships will vary, so be sure to check back in the Scholarship Application System under “External” opportunities.
Get notified about new college scholarship opportunities
Join the UAF Scholarship Opportunities Listserv to receive notification of new scholarship opportunities via email.
Calculate your financial aid
We offer numerous opportunities for financial assistance—scholarships, grants, loans and more you can use toward all of your college expenses.